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Beadazzled Somemore Purse: class/tutorial

Beadazzled Somemore Purse: 4 lessons/ $45.00

beads stitched to fabric

This class delves deeply into the wonderful world of bead embellishment, exploring a wide variety of stitches and embroidery techniques. The sample that you will be stitching on can become a purse (using the pattern provided), a pillow or wall hanging, or whatever you choose. The techniques that will be covered are free-form peyote on fabric, free form bead embroidery, multi bead embroidery, attaching trinkets, buttons and charms with beads, and so much more. Your project will start with a beautiful batik fabric, a variety of seed beads in several sizes and colors combined with a collection of buttons, glass charms and larger beads. This class is a must for anyone who loves beads!

Skill Level Intermediate: sewing machine and beading knowledge needed

Lesson 1: This class will cover how to prepare the base fabric, with a small amount of machine stitching to secure the layers of fabric and batting. We will talk about design choices, color choices and bead choices, and how to prepare your beads for easy set up.

Lesson 2: This class we will explore the basic peyote stitch; changing between bead sizes within the beginning row, adding to this row, making connections and creating additional rows.

 Lesson 3: This class will cover filling in areas with additional rows, multi-bead embroidery.

 Lesson 4: This class will cover filling in areas with larger glass beads and charms, adding in sequins, buttons and chips. I will also cover how to assemble the purse and additional finishing touches that can be added to your project.

Class Information

These classes can be purchased at any time, there is no set schedule.The class can be ordered by contacting Christen: thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com. She will send you an invoice through PayPal.

Once the class is paid for, the supply list will be sent out. The lessons will begin one week after the purchase of the class, unless otherwise stated. You will receive an email with the lesson attached. The following lesson/s will arrive one week after the previous lesson.

A high speed internet connection is recommended, and you must have basic computer and internet skills. You will need to be able know how to download and save a document to your computer’s hard drive, open it and print out a copy.

You can contact Christen with any questions pertaining to the class/class information throughout the length of the class.

Class fees will not be refunded.

Happy Stitching!

~Christen

 

San Diego Quilt Show 2014: BEBE by Christen Brown- cancelled

Unfortunately this class has been cancelled!

Beginning Embroidery with Bead Embellishment: BEBE

by Christen Brown

I will be teaching this two-day class for the San Diego Quilt Show on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 and Thursday September 4, 2014. The class runs from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, and is held at the San Diego Convention Center.

Beginning Embroidery with Bead EmbellishmentThis is a great introductory class to traditional embroidery stitches with the added flare and dazzle that only seed beads can add. A variety of stitches are included that will be used in each separate embroidered design, a Base Stitch, a Design Stitch, and an Embellished Stitch. Additional embellishments will also be covered such as adding in buttons, sequins, large beads and charms. You can use a pre-made simple strip-pieced base, or a crazy pieced block in class to work the embroidered designs off of.

Beginning Embroidery with Bead EmbellishmentFirst Day: The first part of the lesson will cover the embroidery basics: the variety of threads that can be used and the different needles that these require. Also discussed will be the Embellishments such as seed beads, buttons and other components. Christen’s simple color theory on how to successfully use these will also be shared. The second part of the lesson will be devoted to demonstrating the Base Stitches. These include the feather stitch, the chain stitch, the buttonhole stitch, the fern stitch, the herringbone stitch and the outline stitch.

Beginning Embroidery with Bead EmbellishmentSecond Day: This first part of the lesson will cover the Design Stitches, which will be added to the Base Stitches. These include the lazy daisy, the bullion tipped lazy daisy, the fly stitch, the pistol stitch, the French knot, woven star, and the Chinese knot. The second part of the lesson will be devoted to the Embellished Stitches. These include the seed beads in a combination of designs; the charms and the buttons.

This is a great opportunity for me, as I have not taught this class locally. I hope to see you all there!

Happy Stitching ~Christen

Tassels, The Ultimate Furniture Jewelry

I have always loved tassels, and my home is filled with these lovely adornments. Here are a few of the unique tassels that I created for classes or just myself.

Persephone’s Bell

This floral tassel definitely belongs in a fairy tale. The top of the tassel is a dyed gourd; the tassel itself is made from wire ribbon formed into gorgeous fuchsias. Wire leaves and silk flowers are also made to enhance the piece. Beads and charms and ribbon worked leaves complete the tassel, adding a silk cord to hang from your fairy garden trellis.

Morning Glory Tassel

The Morning Glory Tassel showcases the many different types of ribbons that I carry in my store. The tassel top was made from a cardboard tube covered with vintage jacquard ribbon. The top was then embellished with hand made flowers and ribbons from the French Wire Ribbon section. The tassel fringes are made from the Hanah Silk Ribbons, 7mm silk ribbon, gauze ribbon and novelty yarns.

Cotillion Tassel

cotillion tassel, ribbonwork, ribbon flowers, ribbon, beads

A very feminine addition to any space inhabited by a woman, perhaps hung on her boudoir mirror or sewing room. The base of the tassel is covered with a small bit of tapestry fabric that is adorned with velvet ribbons and charms. Jacquard ribbons and silk cords are stitched with beads and more ribbon and dangle from the base. These dangles are encrusted with beads and charms. The stem of the silk cord becomes a very stylized fuchsia made from French wire ribbon.

Parisian Couture Tassel

Ribbons and beads are combined to create a magical, colorful, embroidered and festooned tassel. French jacquard ribbon is stitched onto a base with embroidery and beads, which is used for the tassel top. The fringe is a luscious array of Hanah silk bias ribbons combined with beads.

Floral Pastoral Tassel

Floral Pastoral Tassel showcases the many different types of ribbon and their versatility. The tassel top was made from machine stitched cotton paper, reinforced with Timtex, stitched by machine and formed into the shape. The tassel top was then embellished with hand made flowers and ribbons from the Crazy Quilt Ribbon section and our French Wire Ribbon section. The lace and some of the ribbons were hand dyed using the Color Hue dyes. The tassel fringes are made from the Hanah Silk Ribbons. A sprinkling of silk ribbon embroidery and glass beads were added for extra sparkle.

Hope that your home is filled with treasures too!

Enjoy~ Christen

Beautiful Beaded Blooms

Beautiful Beaded Blooms

French wire beaded flowersFrench beaded flowers found their beginnings from European peasant folk art. Beaded flowers were also popular in Italy, where many of the beads were made. Eventually beaded flowers found their way to England, and were very popular in the Victorian era. Throughout history this technique has been popular for wreaths, garlands or used in vases to adorn the home.

French wire beaded flowersShown here is the nasturtium (orange), jasmine (yellow), geranium (pink), Indian paint brush (red), various leaves and plumage.

French wire beaded flowersThis small wreath is made with the violet (purple), lupine (periwinkle) and a small beaded flower (light blue), with pressed glass leaves.

French wire beaded flowersThis is an antique porcelain vase that belonged to my husbands grandmother. I filled it with geraniums (pink), tulips (peach), lilies (lavender), bluebells (light blue), fern, various leaves and pressed glass leaves.

Day 1 and 2 of Ocean Rivers Class

Ocean Rivers is a class that I am currently teaching at Joggles.com. The project is a bracelet with buttons as the focal point. These are embellished with freeform peyote stitch embroidery.
freeform bead embroidery

This is the example of the base of the bracelet from the first day.

freeform bead embroideryThis is an example of a second bracelet after the second day of beading.

This is a really fun and unique way of bead-embroidery, using this traditional stitch to embellish and encrust a ribbon bracelet.

If you are interested in taking a class, please check out Joggles. Happy Stitching,

Christen

Friday’s Favorites: Free-Form Peyote Stitch

free-form peyote stitch

Free-form Peyote Stitch

Friday’s Favorites is all about the free-form peyote stitch. The peyote stitch is a traditional stitch used by Native Americans in a ceremonial ritual. There is some controversy in using the name of this stitch in beadwork today, but because I have no alternative word, I use it here with care.

The stitch is formed after a row of stitches are added onto the needle and thread; the stitching is then reversed with one bead added onto the needle and passed through a bead in the original row; additional beads are added in this manner. In the free-form stitch beads are added at random in singles or quantities creating a flowing organic form. The beads used are seed beads of all sizes (4-15 in my case), square, triangles, Czech glass beads, buttons, pearls, semi precious beads and basically anything with a hole in it.

free-form peyote stitch

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice was created using the free-form stitch adding and lengthening as needed. Here I have incorporated fresh water pearls, vintage shell and glass buttons, and vintage glass sew-throughs with vintage and new seed beads.

free-form peyote

close-up

Here is a close-up of the center, showing you the variety of pearls, glass buttons, glass sew-throughs and seed beads. The light blue beads (almost gray) are vintage beads found in the Hudson Bay area, they are over 200 years old.

free-form peyote neck-piece

Summer's By the Sea

Summer’s By the Sea was created using the same techniques as above, incorporating shells that I had found on Catalina Island as well as on the beaches of Southern California. Here I have incorporated vintage glass beads, vintage glass charms, abalone beads and chips, fresh water pearls along with the vintage and new glass seed beads.

close-up view of free-form peyote stitch

close-up view of free-form peyote stitch

Here is a close-up of the wonderful button shells that I found on Catalina Island.

free-form peyote stitch

Jeweled Pi

This is a close-up view of the Jeweled Pi bracelets, which is one of the patterns that I teach and sell. I have incorporated large Pi or shell discs, along with buttons, jade pieces, fresh water pearls, semi precious stones, and seed beads of different sizes.

free-form peyote with ribbon worked flowers

Tatiana's Enchantment

This necklace is from my Entwined Roses class, which incorporates ribbon worked flowers and leaves and the free-form peyote stitch. This class and the Entwined Treasures class both use silk cord and rayon cords as a base for the neck-piece. The flowers, buttons and beads are stitched on and around the base of cords which give a certain amount of stability and help to defray any tension problems that can arise when stitching without a base.

free- form peyote stitch with ribbon worked flowers

close-up view

This is a close-up view of the center, showing you the ribbon worked flowers that lay amongst the bead-work and buttons.

free-form peyote stitch with ribbon worked flowers

Woodland Elf

This is a close-up of my Woodland Elf necklace, which uses the Entwined Roses pattern. This is a wonderful collection of treasures: tiny sea urchins, vintage troca shell whistle buttons, fresh water pearls, jade charms, ra ku buttons, bronze charms from Big Sur, a dyed gourd, shell flowers….. and more.

close-up view of free-form peyote stitch

Beadazzled Somemore

This is a close-up view of the Beadazzled Somemore class and pattern that I teach. The free-form stitch is attached to the fabric at intervals, and then stitched using the same techniques as a regular peyote stitch.

free- form peyote stitch on ribbon

Ocean River's Bracelet

The Ocean River’s Bracelet uses the same concept as the Beadazzled Somemore, using a ribbon base to work the free-form stitch onto. This is a class that is on the current Winter Schedule for Joggles.com.

When all is said and done I enjoy using this stitch both in the structured and unstructured forms, both having their merits in history and style. Happy day to you, enjoy what you do and make everyday count. Christen

Friday’s Favorites: Butterflies

Group of Butterflies

Group of Butterflies

Friday’s Favorites today as you can see is all about butterflies, a few moths may have crept in here and there, but their shape is just as lovely. I love the shapes, colors, and variety that you can find both in real life and in the wonderful things that I can use in my art such as charms, buttons, beads and lace.

embroidered butterfly

embroidered butterfly

Here is a variety of just those things, whether they be sequined or beaded; carved from bone, jade, or mother of pearl; whether they be copper, brass, gold, or silver; enameled or painted I love them all.

The necklace in the middle as you may imagine is called Enchanted Butterflies and is worn with the ensemble Madame Butterfly this embroidery here is from the sleeve of the jacket.

Speaking of Madame Butterfly we were lucky enough to watch a simulcast performance at the movie theater of the taped version from a Met performance. WOW is about  all I  can say except for truly amazing!

I'm NO Wallflower

I'm NO Wallflower

This is a close-up of the work on the jacket called “I’m NO Wallflower.”

Here we have a copper and brass butterfly pin, a brass charm and a paper mache butterfly charm. These are all sitting amongst ribbon flowers and silk ribbon embroidery. Even the background fabric which is a Hoffman print is strewn with happy butterflies flying free.

Butterfly Jewelry

Butterfly Jewelry

These pieces of jewelry are made from vintage sterling reposse charms that I believe are from China. I think that these are probably moths, but they are lovely and detailed. I glued a pin back onto the larger charm and wire wrapped the beads for earrings.

A Mid Summer Night's Dream

A Mid Summer Night's Dream

This close-up is from the jacket of the ensemble called “A Mid Summer Night’s Dream“.

The jacket is crazy pieced in sections which are later stitched together on a foundation piece with ribbon.

Each section is embellished with silk ribbon and traditional embroidery stitches using cotton, silk and metallic threads; ribbon worked flowers and leaves rest here and there and are adorned with vintage sequin appliques, vintage and new buttons, glass charms and beads. Here the butterflies take form in dyed lace appliques, metal charms and glass beads.

We have also planted many Lantana and bougainvillea plants to entice these wonderful colorful ephemeral flying beauties to our yard. Fly free, love what you do and see you next Friday. Enjoy- Christen

Ocean Rivers Bracelet 2: free form peyote

Spanish Moss

Spanish Moss

The bracelet above is the second sample of my Ocean Rivers Bracelet. The stitching technique is one that I developed using free-form peyote stitch on fabric.

Happy stitching, enjoy! Christen

Summertime and the Living is easy- Mixed Media Monday Challenge

Summeritme and the Living is Easy

Summeritme and the Living is Easy

This is my entry for this weeks Mixed Media Monday’s Challenge. The challenge this week was to make something with beads, that included beads or just BEADS. I was excited because this is certainly right up my ally and I thoroughly enjoyed the project!

I didn’t have to stitch anything new here but assemble pieces and parts, and bead-doodles that I had lying around from this project and that project. The base of the hanging is made from an 18 gauge florist wire wrapped in batting and silk ribbon. I then wire wrapped three small gourds dyed with shoe leather by a friend in place with Artistic Wire.

The dragonfly is made with a dentalium shell, beaded with size 15 seed beads, and delica beads for the wings. The vines of leaves were stitched with size 11 seed beads, then I attached beaded berries made from size 11 seed beads to each leaf. The pea pods (to the right and down) are made from delica beads filled with fresh water pearl “peas”. The fuchsias dangling by the dragonfly tail are made from delica beads and size 15 seed beads. Further embellishment comes from coin pearls and glass leaves.

Summer Time and the Living is Easy

Sipping my wine as I write this, and enjoying the summer afternoon.

Live well and enjoy what you do! Christen

PS: This was my first image, but I thought that the above one was a little more put together.

Violet Gardens- ribbon work brooch

Violet Gardens Brooch

Violet Gardens Brooch

This was one of two entries for the Piecework Magazine’s Excellence in Needlework 2009. This year’s challenge was to make a brooch no larger than 3″, in any needle art category. I chose ribbon work here and silk ribbon embroidery for my other submission Elizabeth’s Garden.

The base of the brooch is 18 gauge florist wire wrapped in cotton batting, then a silk bias ribbon. The brooch was fashioned into a spiral (see the bottom picture), with two loops. Tiny spirals of 22 gauge florist wire wrapped in cotton batting then 4mm silk ribbon peek out here and there, and add more dimension to the design.

The brooch was then covered in hand made ribbon worked flowers and leaves. I used 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″ and 5/8″ (folded in half); in a variety of materials including silk bias, rayon hem tape, ombre and taffeta ribbons. A few beads are sprinkled here and there for extra detailing.

back of brooch

back of brooch

The back of the brooch is almost covered with as many flowers as the front. I used a rococo trim to cover the bulk of the stitching, and then added in flowers and leaves here and there.

From this picture you can make out the spiral design of the base. You can see the tiny tendrils quite well here too, and if you look closely the pesky white batting wanted to peep out whenever it had a chance to from the 4mm ribbon, I fixed that before sending it off on it’s journey!

Both of my entries were selected by the judges to be included in a display of the brooches at The National Needle Arts Association’s trade show in Columbus, Ohio, June 13-15, 2009. They will also be on display at the Embroiderer’s Guild of America’s (EGA) museum in Louisville, Kentucky, from July 1 through September 23, 2009. For information contact EGA www.egausa.org (502) 589-6956.

Happy stitching, happy day, enjoy- Christen